Le site de streaming Grooveshark met finalement la clé sous la porte, définitivement

Une fermeture qui lui permet d’effacer une dette de 700 millions de dollars en dommages et intérêts

fermeture grooveshark
Par David Robert
Publié le 1 mai 2015 | 9:14

Fondé en 2007 par Andrés Berreto, Josh Greenberg et Sam Tarantino, Grooveshark est rapidement devenu un acteur incontournable du streaming musical. Incontournable, mais ô combien controversé.
En effet la plateforme proposait à ses dizaines de millions d’utilisateurs d’écouter de manière gratuite son catalogue musical, mais surtout de l’enrichir en uploadant du contenu. Le tout sans aucun accord des ayant-droits.

Après des années de bataille judiciaire avec les trois majors, qui reprochaient notamment au service d’avoir demandé à ses employés d’uploader eux même du contenu en créant des comptes fake, Grooveshark ferme finalement ses portes suite au jugement du tribunal de New York. Au total, ce sont plus de 700 millions de dollars que la plateforme aurait pu devoir payer en dommages et intérêts si elle n’avait pas accepter de disparaitre.

Si le site est toujours en ligne, sa page d’accueil ne présente plus qu’un message d’adieu et d’explications :

Dear music fans,

Today we are shutting down Grooveshark.

We started out nearly ten years ago with the goal of helping fans share and discover music. But despite [the] best of intentions, we made very serious mistakes. We failed to secure licenses from rights holders for the vast amount of music on the service.

That was wrong. We apologize. Without reservation.

As part of a settlement agreement with the major record companies, we have agreed to cease operations immediately, wipe clean all the data on our servers and hand over ownership of this website, our mobile apps and intellectual property, including our patents and copyrights.

At that time of our launch, few music services provided the experience we wanted to offer ­and think you deserve. Fortunately, that’s no longer the case. There are now hundreds of fan friendly, affordable services available for you to choose from, including Spotify, Deezer, Google Play, Beats Music, Rhapsody and Rdio, among many others.

If you love music and respect the artists, songwriters and everyone else who makes great music possible, use a licensed service that compensates artists and other rights holders. You can find out more about the many great services available where you live here:http://whymusicmatters.com/find-music.

It has been a privilege getting to know so many of you and enjoying great music together. Thank you for being such passionate fans.

Yours in music,
Your friends at Grooveshark”

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